Politicians generally respond to those who shout out loud and often, as long as they are backed by a horde of potential voters.
The housing charity Shelter apparently is run on a budget many times that of the two largest landlord associations (NLA / RLA) and regularly demonise private landlords whilst ignoring the harsh reality that tenants can often be the sinners as well as being the ‘sinned against’. As such Shelter’s voice is heard more often as they appeal to the 11 million tenants all of whom have the same vote as the approximate 2 million private landlords. Do the math…..
Recently and not for the first time, Shelter drew the attention of many in the unquestioning national media to the large cost burden that the annual Housing Benefit bill now causes UK taxpayers, pointing out that private landlords are the widespread recipients of state largesse etc. The reality of course is that all too often it is only most committed landlords who these days will take on any housing benefit tenants as public sector spending cuts take their toll. And yet all around the country local councils are increasingly desperate trying to reach out to private landlords as the waiting lists for housing get longer and the costs of bed and breakfast accommodation soars.
I recently interviewed a subscriber to Property Investor News magazine about his experiences with housing benefit tenants. This video interview may not be for the faint hearted…..